Today's Hot Romantic Comedy Trailer: Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan Juggle Love and Laughs in Save the Date
10.21.12 by Ryan
A love story about avoiding love.
When it comes to romantic comedies, love triangles are nothing new, but it seems that the upcoming Save the Date may have found a way to reinvigorate the standard. The movie follows Sarah (Lizzy Caplan), who turns down a marriage proposal from her boyfriend Kevin (Geoffrey Arend), who, in turn, is in a band with the fiance (Martin Starr) of Sarah's sister Beth (Alison Brie). While Beth is excited for her upcoming wedding, Sarah wants to avoid the alter altogether, which doesn't stop Jonathan (Mark Webber) from trying to woo her even while she's in "rebound" mode.
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So far, Save the Date sounds like an atypical rom-com, but when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, critics praised its originality. The Playlist called the movie "what more romantic comedies should aspire to be," while The AV Club called Save the Date "an exquisitely bittersweet examination of the joys and perils of commitment." Of course, not everyone was on board, with THR saying that director Michael Mohan (One Too Many Mornings) and co-screenwriters Egan Reich and Jeffrey Brown "take a banal situation and somehow manage to render it even more insipid." With a new trailer online, you can see for yourself.
Save the Date may not be the first movie about the fear of commitment, but, as director Mohan told EW at Sundance in January, it's a fear that has struck an entire "generation."
I really identified with the characters because I found myself tending to run away from relationships that are good because I’m afraid that things are going to go sour. My own personal fear that relationships that are good will turn out bad is not just my fear; it’s the fear of our generation.
However, Mohan hasn't engineered an entirely new formula for the genre, revelaing that the "message of the movie" is ultimately about staying open to "the really amazing things that falling in love provides." Well, it is still a romantic comedy, after all.
Save the Date opens on VOD November 8th and in limited release on December 14th.